abjection

[ab-jek-shuhn]
noun
1.
the condition of being servile, wretched, or contemptible.
2.
the act of humiliating.
3.
Mycology. the release of spores by a fungus.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English abjectioun (< Middle French) < Latin abjectiōn-, stem of abjectiō casting away, equivalent to abject(us) (see abject) + -iōn- -ion; or ab- + (e)jection

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abject (ˈæbdʒɛkt)
 
adj
1.  utterly wretched or hopeless
2.  miserable; forlorn; dejected
3.  indicating humiliation; submissive: an abject apology
4.  contemptible; despicable; servile: an abject liar
 
[C14: (in the sense: rejected, cast out): from Latin abjectus thrown or cast away, from abjicere, from ab- away + jacere to throw]
 
ab'jection
 
n
 
'abjectly
 
adv
 
'abjectness
 
n

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